A Few Thoughts on the Emmy Nominations

Emmys are likely the least of our concerns; the recipients only rarely reflect the best of what we think is on TV, the nominees are stuffed with the same old names in most cases.

There are the occasional glimmers that signal hope, as in the nominations released Tuesday: Ramy Youssef among the outstanding lead actors in comedy that otherwise included Anthony Anderson, Don Cheadle, Ted Danson, Eugene Levy and Michael Douglas.

At the same time, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences forgets those who have been around a good long while such that Larry David is not nominated, though his latest season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is among nominated comedies.

Yes, “Curb” is nominated alongside “The Good Place,” “Insecure,” “The Kominsky Method,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Schitt’s Creek” and something I didn’t even think was a comedy, “Dead to Me.” And yet there was one hopeful surprise in the category as well: “What We Do in the Shadows.”

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